Precedent vs President

White HouseSince  1993, the Republicans and the Democrats have traded off White House residents every eight years.  Each president has been considered unprecedented  because of where he was from, his family background,  his skin color, or the size of his bank account.  Bush (1946), Clinton (1946), and Trump (1946) are early Boomers and Obama (1961) is a late Boomer.  (Boomers were born between 1946-1964 according to Google and Wikipedia.)

Before becoming President, Clinton and Bush were both governors.  Clinton and Obamastates red amd blue were both lawyers.   Bush worked in the oil industry and Trump worked in the real estate industry.  All four are married and have children.  Three of them also have grandchildren.

President (noun) – elected head of a republican (Small r) state or the celebrant at the Eucharist

Presidential (adjective) – relating to a president or presidency, having a bearing or demeanor befitting a president; dignified and confident.

Precedent (noun) – an earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.

Precedent (adjective) – preceding in time, order, or importance

Precedential (adjective) – of the nature of or constituting a precedent or having precedence

George WashingtonGeorge Washington was our first president and he set many of the precedents that are followed to this day–including adding “So help me God” to the end of the oath of office when being sworn in as President, introducing the President as Mr. President, and leaving after two terms.  Franklin Roosevelt was the only President that broke with that precedent.  He died early in his 4th term in 1945. Franklin Roosevelt

Passed by Congress in 1947, and ratified by the states on February 27, 1951, the Twenty-Second Amendment limits an elected president to two terms in office, a total of eight years. However, it is possible for an individual to serve up to ten years as president. The amendment specifies that if a vice president or other successor takes over for a president—who, for whatever reason, cannot fulfill the term—and serves two years or less of the former president’s term, the new president may serve for two full four-year terms. If more than two years remain of the term when the successor assumes office, the new president may serve only one additional term.

What do you think of presidential precedents?  Are they optional or mandatory?  Join in the conversation on precedent or president.  If you do respond, please be polite and respectful to those with differing opinions.




2 thoughts on “Precedent vs President”

  1. I will bite my tongue and resist the temptation to comment about any particular presidency, merely making the observation that it’s hard to draw useful statistical conclusions from any small sample. Each generation of Americans lives through at best a dozen presidencies, each of which is held by a unique individual who puts his own mark on the office (and on the rest of us, but I flirt with digressing…. ). By definition, each president establishes a precedent. Ho hum. The question voters ought to focus on is not whether a candidate is the first African-American/Catholic/Woman/Haberdasher to hold the office, but whether that distinction will be relevant to the sort of President s/he becomes. It doesn’t seem to have made any difference that Herbert Hoover was the first engineer to become President. (Oh, darn, I forgot to bite my tongue.)


  2. LOL I doubt most people will get excited about Herbert Hoover these days. I do remember that he was a Quaker but not that he was an engineer. Excellent point that people need to consider what type of presidents/ he may make rather than what s/he is first of. I think your haberdasher may have been Harry S. Truman. I also found out today that Andrew Johnson was originally a tailor and even made his own suits while he was in the White House, following Lincoln’s assassination.


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